BCCI case: Game must go on, says SC; appoints P S Narasimha as mediator

New Delhi, Mar 14:
“The game must go on”, the Supreme Court said today and appointed senior advocate P S Narasimha as mediator for resolving pending disputes related to cricket administration at the BCCI.
A bench comprising Justices S A Bobde and A M Sapre also restrained all other courts in India from entertaining or proceeding with any matter pertaining to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and state cricket associations till Narasimha submits his report in the court on the disputes.
“P S Narasimha, the amicus curiae, is appointed to act as mediator in relation to any dispute raised in the applications before us,” the bench said.
It said Narasimha, assisting the court as an amicus curiae in the BCCI matter, will hear the parties on the issues raised by them and make recommendations to the court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) for BCCI.
“In case the parties are not satisfied, this court will hear the matter,” the bench said and asked him to look into the issue raised by several cricket associations about release of funds to them and make appropriate recommendations to the CoA.
Narasimha told the court that former apex court judge Justice (retd) D K Jain has assumed charge as the BCCI ombudsman.
He said Lieutenant General Ravi Thodge, who was appointed as the third member of CoA by the top court on February 21, has also taken charge.
Senior counsel Kapil Sibal, appearing for a state cricket association, told the court that it has complied with all the court-approved recommendations of Justice R M Lodha panel on reforms in the cricket body.
Sibal said there was some issue pertaining to certain provisions in newly approved constitution of BCCI which goes beyond the Lodha panel recommendations.
“We will request P S Narasimha to hear you (associations) and then ask the BCCI to resolve them. The game must go on,” the bench said.
At the outset, when the amicus said that several interim applications were pending in the court, the bench said it would like to hear the matter continuously and not on “piecemeal” basis.
Initially, the bench suggested that the ombudsman may be asked to look into some pending issues which can be mediated among the parties.
Later, the court said Narasimha can also do this work and appointed him as mediator.
The counsel appearing for CoA and various other cricket bodies accepted the court’s suggestion to appoint Narasimha as a mediator to resolve the pending disputes.(PTI)